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Caleb Elder for Vermont Senate

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2024 Campaign Testimonials

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Why I'm Running for Vermont Senate to represent Addison County, Buel's Gore, Huntington and Rochester

My name is Caleb Elder and I’m running for a Senate seat in the Addison District. For the past 6 years I have represented the Addison-4 District in the Vermont House. In that time I have served on the House Education, Ways and Means and Housing Committees. Prior to my time in Montpelier, I served on two local school boards for Starksboro. In 2020 I was appointed by House Speaker, Mitzi Johnson, to serve as the Vermont House’s board member at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

My policy priorities include:

  • Regulatory reforms to enable new, affordable housing development. Sustained public funding to develop permanently affordable units. 

  • Bringing additional mental health resources to public schools, with funding from outside of the school budget. We know that wrap-around services in the school building can be effective, but the costs can’t be supported by school budgets alone. 

  • Seeking new connections between our public high schools and tech centers with traditional building trades as well as emerging green and tech economies. 

  • Tax relief for residential property owners, both through cost-containment in education spending as well as reforms to our income-sensitized “prebate” program.

After my time working for Addison County in the Vermont legislature, I know we can do better to address the housing crisis, to make Vermont’s public education system more effective and to bring tax relief to Vermonters.

Early voting has already started, you can request a ballot at the link below. Or you can vote on August 13th at your regular polling place. Please visit my website to learn more about my campaign. Email me any time at or reach me by phone at 802-373-6465.

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Link to request your primary ballot by mail: Vermont “My Voter Page”


Policy Priorities


Our public education system is struggling to maintain quality for students at a price that is affordable for taxpayers. We must address this problem with new, bold solutions that center our children and their future. I believe that integration of human services under our school roofs, in a community schools model, might be a real opportunity for change. Post-covid, we have seen the social and emotional health of our students suffer. 


Education, continued

The resources needed to address these struggles have been added on to our typical school spending, and our school budgets are foundering under the added weight. We must bring other services to bear in the school buildings, with better integration of our designated agencies. Our investments in education and human services have been siloed from one another for too long, it's time to make real change. 



  • Reconsider road designations to provide safe, bikeable routes for all Vermonters not just “road warriors”.  It should be safe for kids to bike to school on public roads.
  • Identify ways to continue funding our roads and bridges as the gas tax diminishes over time.
  • Increase bus and train services for commuters.
  • Expand broadband services throughout Vermont to facilitate more remote working opportunities.

Health Care

  • Pass a Universal Primary Care bill as a first step towards Universal Health Care. Access to primary care can lower costs and improve outcomes over an entire population and over the long term. Our hospitals and insurers must help in this effort if we’re going to succeed.
  • Enable competition in the healthcare marketplace, where there is a clear need for  increased choice and pricing transparency.


Solar Flower


  • I have enjoyed 16 years working in the Renewable Energy sector in Vermont, including solar project development for homeowners, schools, nonprofits and businesses. I currently operate Elder Energy Services, LLC as a solar sales consultant. 
  • I am a Musician, performing on violin, and viola with various Vermont groups for the past 25 years. During the summers, I play around VT in historic barns, churches, town halls and backyards at private events and municipal functions. 

Public Service

  • I'm an incumbent State Representative, serving Addison-4 since 2019
  • I represent the Vermont House as a Board member at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. I'm currently serving a 6 year term.
  • 7 Years of recent experience on local school boards, 2014-2021


  • Bristol Elementary School
  • Mount Abraham Union High School
  • Patricia Hannaford Career Center 
  • Middlebury College